Tofino lies at the end of a peninsula – an “end-of-the-road” town. We border Pacific Rim National Park and lie within the recently designated *Clayoquot UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The area is surrounded by temperate rainforests, majestic inlets of Clayoquot Sound, and beautiful open ocean with miles of sandy beaches. Clayoquot Sound is approximately 350,000 hectares in size and contains large expanses of temperate rainforest, hundreds of lakes and streams, estuaries, alpine tundra, open ocean and inlets. Much of the region is only accessible by boat or plane.

Across the road from Zoe’s at North Beach, Chesterman’s Beach is a beautiful three kilometer stretch of sandy beach facing southwest to the open ocean. There are rocky points at both south and north ends where at low tide you can explore the marine tidal pools. Surfing, kayaking, or simply strolling on the beach are all yours to enjoy just a path away across the road.

There are also fantastic tour operators for fishing, wildlife viewing, bird watching and a wealth of gourmet organic cuisine at the local restaurants.  There are great galleries and boutiques to shop at, and festivals with varying themes throughout the year from food, music, shorebirds, films, to whales.  Too many for me to list them all so check out these great local resources in the links section to the right!

And you want to try surfing? Surf Sister Surf School is a definite favourite! If they’re too busy check out Bruhwiler Surf School or Pacific Surf School.

Please check the links to your right for weather & surf conditions, general information about Tofino, surfing instruction, and BC Ferries.


FANTASTIC is all I can say. This is a real showpiece you have here. Thanks for a really great time. We'll make sure and come...

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